What to expect at The Walking with The Snowman sculpture trail in Birmingham

Twelve sculptures decorated by different artists in a tribute to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman are dotted around locations in Birmingham city centre
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You can now follow an incredible Walking with The Snowman sculpture trail which has launched in Birmingham today (November 17).

The family-friendly Christmas trail features 12 snowman sculptures in a tribute to Raymond Briggs’ magical classic, The Snowman.

Each snowman has been individually decorated by a professional artist, inspired by the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas.

You can follow the trail by picking up a map which will take you across Birmingham city centre, at locations including the Bullring and Grand Central, Corporation Street, the Mailbox, Centenary Square, Victoria Square and House of Fraser where one of the the snowman sculptures will be in his very own fifth-floor ‘snow village’.

The project has been organised by Retail BID Birmingham and Wild in Art.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital charity is the charity partner and each sculpture has a QR code to encourage visitors to donate to the worthwhile cause.

The Cathedral Square snowmanThe Cathedral Square snowman
The Cathedral Square snowman

Where are the sculptures?

The Snowman sculptures are dotted around different locations in the city centre, which you can see on the map below.

The trail includes:

  1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree in Centenary Square (designed by Donna Newman)
  2. Two Turtle Doves in Commercial Street (designed by Laura-Kate Chapman)
  3. Three French Hens outside the Mailbox by Jessica Perrin
  4. Four Calling Birds at Grand Central (designed by Mik Richardson
  5. Five Gold Rings at the Bullring (designed by Adam Pekr)
  6. Six Geese Laying at Selfridges (designed by Donna Newman
  7. Seven Swans Swimming on Corporation Street (designed by RP Roberts)
  8. Eight Maids Milking at Piccadily Arcade (designed by Megan Heather Evans)
  9. Nine Ladies Dancing in Victoria Square (designed by Jenny Leonard)
  10. Ten Lords Leaping in Cathedral Square Market (designed by Sally Adams)
  11. Eleven Pipers Piping at Great Western Arcade (designed by Amanda Quellin)
  12. Twelve Drummers Drumming at House of Fraser Corporation Street (designed by Sue Guthrie)
The Snowman trail The Snowman trail
The Snowman trail

What inspired the Snowman trail?

David Pardoe, Deputy Chair, Retail BID Birmingham, said: “After such a difficult time we were determined to put on a fantastic trail to entertain families visiting Birmingham this Christmas.

“The colourful Snowman sculptures are just one of several fantastic attractions taking place this year to make this festive season in Birmingham a Christmas to remember.

“We hope Snowman spotters enjoy visiting every sculpture and have a wonderful time in the city centre.”

The Snowman outside Cass Art on Corporation StreetThe Snowman outside Cass Art on Corporation Street
The Snowman outside Cass Art on Corporation Street

Miranda Williams, head of public fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The Snowman is a classic Christmas storybook loved by so many children, including the sick kids at our hospital.

“The funds donated by the generous public will ensure those patients staying with us over the festive period can still experience the magic of Christmas, as well as help us to achieve our vision of providing the best possible environment, treatment and patient experience at our hospital.

“A massive thank you to Retail BID and Wild in Art for choosing to support our charity at this wonderful trail.”

The trail will be available to follow from today until 6 January.

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